ARTICLE 1. SAFETY EQUIPMENT
1. Each fighter can use kimono or his/her own specific martial art uniform. Shorts are
2. GLOVES: Boxing gloves, with Velcro fastening, 8 or 10 oz. (depending by the
weight category of fighters), or Semi Contact gloves. They must cover all fingers
and come up at least 5cm over the wrist (not admitted gloves for traditional kumite).
3. HEAD GUARD: as the boxing one, padded, must sufficiently protect forehead,
temples and ears and it must not have hard or dangerous parts for competitors
4. RASH GUARD: must be perfectly adapt itself at the competitor mouth.
5. GROIN GUARD (FOR MEN) AND BREAST GUARD (FOR WOMEN)
6. SHIN GUARD: they must not have metallic or hard components that can
compromise fighters safety
7. FOOT PADS: they must cover entire foot, toes and heel completely to 5cm over
the ankle. They must be padded.
ARTICLE 2. FIGHTING RULES
1. The competitor must go to the corner referee closer to him/her to permit the
compulsory safety equipment control. It won’t be absolutely possible to wear any
kind of jewel ( bracelets, necklaces, ear rings or piercing, etc.)
2. At the end of the control operations by the Corners referees, competitors must wait
out of the fighting area the call of the Central Referee.
3. Competitors will enter into the fighting area after the Central referee’s call. Then
they make a greeting signal with the other competitor and take their guard position
waiting for the “Fight” of the Central referee.
4. The match will be solved in an only 3 minutes round (stop/start) for qualifications
and semifinals. 1 round of 3 minutes (stop/start) for the final match. This is for
5. In case of a draw at the end of the fighting time, will be granted the “Extratime”
(during this time the competitors will bring with himselves all the penalties of the
match) and the first competitor who will place a valid point will be declared winner of
6. The match can be stopped only by the Central referee and time won’t be stopped
for the assignment of points. In case of need (for competitors safety) Central referee
can ask for a time out, in accordance with the Table Judges using a conventional
signal. Time will be restarted at a second signal of the referee.
7. The Referee must not communicate with fighters during the match, unless the time
8. Competitors can have a Coach standing behind their corner during the match.
9. The Coach must not give suggestions during the match. If a coach don’t respect
this rule, it’s possible for the referee to send him/her away or also to disqualify the
competitor if the coach continue to create disturb, noise or problems to the match.
10. Every fighter can ask the Central Referee to stop for a little time the match to adjust
the safety equipment. The Referee may not stop the match if he/she thinks that this
fact could create a disadvantage to the other fighter.
11. If one of the fighters is using the match stops to take an advantage (as to rest or
communicate with the coach), it’s possible to apply sanctions of this rules against
him/her: warnings, penalty of a point, or also disqualification, overall if the
competitor uses the match stops to refuse the fight.
ARTICLE 3: LEGAL TARGET AREAS
1. HEAD: Face, forehead, sides and back
2. TRUNK : Frontal part and sides
3. FEET: permitted only to Feet Sweep with the foot sole on the opponent heel
ARTICLE 4: ILLEGAL TARGET AREAS
1. Top part of the head
2. Top and end of the shoulders
3. NECK: front, throat, sides and base of the nape.
4. Under the belt, except for the Feet Sweep over defined
ARTICLE 5: LEGAL TECHNIQUES
1. KICKS: all kind of kick also the acrobatic ones
2. PUNCHES: all kind of punch also in an acrobatic way. Except the spin back fist.
ARTICLE 6: ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES
1. To clearly refuse the fight
2. To leave the fighting area: if a competitor goes out of the fighting area without a
push, or anyway he/she goes out the area not because of the opponent, that will be
a “Voluntary Exit” and the competitor will receive a warning.
3. At the second Voluntary exit the referee will give one additional point to the other
4. At the third Voluntary exit, the fighter will be disqualified
5. To Feet Sweep in the opposite sense of the articulation of the opponent
6. All techniques must have CONTROL (is permitted only the “Skin touch” or a soft
contact). If a fighter will be excessively strong with his techniques he/she will
receive a Warning for the First time, at the Second violation of the rules will be
given an additional point to the other competitor; and at the Third violation, the
competitor will be disqualified. To protect the competitors safety, the Central
Referee can also not respect this escalation and decide to give an additional point
to the other competitor at the first warning and also to disqualify the incorrect or
dangerous fighter in every moment of the fight
ARTICLE 7: SCORING
1. Points will be assigned when a permitted technique reach a legal target
2. If one of the competitors use an acrobatic (valid) technique, must remain into the
fighting area to get points
• PUNCH THAT REACH A LEGAL TARGET 1 POINT
• ACROBATIC PUNCH (jumping) TO THE HEAD 2 POINTS
• KICK TO THE BODY 2 POINTS
• KICK TO THE HEAD 3 POINTS
• TURNING ACROBATIC KICK (jumping) TO THE HEAD 4 POINTS
• FEET SWEEP WITH A CLEAR UNBALANCE OF THE OPPONENT
(even if only a hand touches the tatami) 2 POINTS
ARTICLE 8: PENALITY
1. WARNINGS: Warnings for voluntary exit won’t be cumulate with the other kind of
warnings or penalties. And this is the same for every kind of warning.
2. In every moment the Central Referee con send away a coach or disqualify a
competitor if he/she thinks this is necessary for the competitors safety or the right
course of the competition. The Central Referee will confer with the Corner Referees
to find the better solution.
3. The serious and obvious breach of the rules and all the behaviours against the “Fair
Play” can cause the disqualification of the competitor. Also, the behaviour of the
coach, friends and team partners of the fighters is considered, and a competitor can
be disqualified because of the bad conduct of this persons.
4. A fighter can never have a warning and get a point at the same time.
ARTICLE 9: AWARDING POINTS
1. If the Central Referee sees a valid technique, must stop the fight and to signal the
point, as the Corner Referees, that must do the same thing
2. If one of the Referees, or both of them, see a valid technique, they must signal that
to the Central Referee, that can stop the match and assign the point
3. To assign points is requested the majority of judgements (2 judgements on 3)
4. If a Corner Referee sees a technique of one of the competitors, and the other
Corner Referee sees a technique of the other competitor and also, the Central
Referee hasn’t seen anything because he/she was in a bad position, (even if the
techniques belong to different categories) he/she can decide to give one point to
ARTICLE 10: INJURIES
1. If a fighter is injured, the match is stopped for the time necessary for the doctor to
decide if the competitor can continue the fight or not. Is possible to stop the match
for 2 minutes for medical treatments
2. If an injury is so serious to need a long treatment by the doctor, the match will end
3. If an injury happened not because of the wrong behaviour of the undamaged
competitor, this one will win for “Forfait”
4. If the undamaged competitor did a breach of the rules, the damaged competitor will
win for disqualification
5. If the doctor thinks that the injury is not so serious and the competitor con anyway
continue the fight, the match goes on
6. The fighter that wins a match for medical decision (for the disqualification of the
opponent) can continue the competition only if the doctor decides that this is
possible but only once. If one more time the competitor wins for disqualification of
the other competitor (after an injury), he could not fight anymore.
7. The fighter who wins for disqualification of the other competitor after an injury, will
be able to fight the day after ONLY if the same doctor that have seen him/her the
day before thinks this is possible.
8. In case of injury, Referees decide if a competitor will get a point, a warning, a point
of penalty, or nothing at all.
9. In case of Blood emission, after an incorrect action of one of the competitors, the
one that was the cause of this, will be immediately disqualified
ARTICLE 11: AWARDING OF FIGHTING
1. The Winner of the match will be the fighter with the superior number of points
2. The first Fighter that will score 10 point more than the other competitor will be the
winner also before the end of regular time
3. In case of equality at the end of the regular time, will be given an “Extratime”.
During this time, the first competitor that places a valid technique on a legal target,
will win the match